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Flip-flop Uhuru forms tribunal to probe Justice Tunoi

President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a U-turn and appointed a tribunal to probe bribery allegations against Supreme Court judge Justice Philipo Tunoi.

The seven-member tribunal will be chaired by Sharad Rao, the current chairman of the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.

“After further consultation, President @UKenyatta suspends Justice Philip k. Tonui as judge of the Supreme Court @WMutunga,” said State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu in a tweet.

Members of the tribunal will include Judge Roselyn Korir, Rtd Justice Jonathan Havelock, Judith Guserwa and James Kaberere Gachoka.

Others are Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and George Munji Wakukha.

On Monday, the President shocked the nation when he declined to appoint a tribunal, citing an ongoing case over the retirement age of Justice Tunoi.

Lawyers had warned that the President faced impeachment over the move.

The judge is accused of pocketing Sh200 million to rule in favour of Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero.